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 (August 29, 2005) – A fourth consecutive Deutschland Rally win for Sébastien Loeb, who has pulled even further clear at the top of the 2005 Drivers' points table, and the excellent 2nd place of his team-mate François Duval have put Citroën-Michelin back ahead in the Manufacturers' standings with five rounds to go.

And once again, the Michelin N tire was in dominating form over the asphalt stages of the German event.

Citroën's two drivers felt perfectly comfortable with their Michelin N tires over the partially wet opening stages, however, and this confidence enabled them to pull out a significant early lead over their chasers.

By the end of SS3, Loeb and Duval already enjoyed an advantage of some 30 seconds over Marcus Grönholm (3rd, Peugeot) and more than a minute over 4th-placed Petter Solberg, neither of whom could do anything to match the pace of the Citroën-Michelin pair.

"After just three stages, our main rivals in the championship were already a long way back. That says a great deal about the domination of the Xsara/Michelin package over our competitors," commented Loeb after the opening group of stages.

After trading best times over the narrow yet fast roads that criss-cross the Mosel Valley vineyards on Leg 1, the Citroën drivers were again fastest over every one of the next day's tests that took them to the daunting Baumholder military ranges which are notoriously hard-wearing on tires.

By spinning early on Day 2, François Duval gave his team-mate Sébastien Loeb sufficient breathing space to be able to cruise home to his fourth consecutive win on the Deutschland Rally, the event which produced the Frenchman's maiden world class success back in 2002.

Since then, the French star has added seventeen further victories to his record, including no fewer than eight since the start of the 2005 season!

Citroën-Michelin's fourth win on the trot in Germany—its first one-two finish of the year—puts it back in front in the Manufacturers' World Championship standings as the season enters its final phase.

With just five rounds still to go, the scrap for the Manufacturers' title between Citroën-Michelin and Peugeot—who finished 3rd and 4th this weekend, with Marcus Grönholm and Markko Märtin—promises to be an absolute thriller.

Meanwhile, in the battle for the Drivers' crown, Sébastien Loeb has extended his cushion over his closest chaser to 32 points and could theoretically sew up the series at the next round, Wales Rally GB.